As most Windows Phone fans know, one of the most significant differentiating factors of the platform may be the Metro interface. The unique software ditches archaic smartphone concepts for a more user-friendly and -- what Microsoft has often referred to as -- a 'stress-free' experience. So Metro's strength isn't just skin deep, and that's the main argument found in user wtrmlnjuc's editorial on The Verge Forums titled "The Biggest Difference Between WP and iOS/Android".
He notes that one of the more frequent complaints about Windows Phone's Start page is the fact that there's a lot of scrolling involved, which is due in part to the constrained size of the typical phone's display. However, he retorts those accusations by arguing that unlike with other platforms, Windows Phone "isn't about sorting through folders", but rather sorting through items in order of importance. Here's an excerpt:
The large amounts of scrolling that some face with WP is easily negated by the fact that WP isn't about sorting through folders. WP is about sorting through importance. You keep the stuff you use most at the top of the Start screen, lesser importance goes downwards and least importance is just left in the app menu. Searching for an app brings down the time it takes to launch one, and if there are enough apps, letters pop up between the start of a new letter (e.g. [a]Alpha [B] Boo, Beta, Bricks [C] ...). Tapping on these letters brings up a grid of the alphabet so the user can jump easily into the desired app.
It's a very interesting observation, and one that I can personally attest to. If you've watched any of my YouTube videos, you probably noticed that I keep my Phone and Messaging apps in the top two positions, followed by shortcut tiles for Wi-Fi and Cellular. The reason for the top two is simple: it's a phone, and the most important things I do is communicate, either via phone calls or texts. My reason for the shortcut tiles is more unique, in that I pay for a pretty low data threshold but only because I know I'm around Wi-Fi most of the time anyway. So switching between the two is important for me to avoid overages on my data.
Have you noticed that you sort things out on your Start page based on importance?
Source: The Verge Forums